Our dedicated Welfare Benefits team successfully assists large numbers of clients to challenge incorrect decisions. The benefit system is extremely complicated - It is easy for both claimants and officials to make mistakes that lead to a serious legal problem. Bureaucracy and staff cuts can lead to severe delays in benefit offices dealing with your claim or appeal. Professional advice is often needed to help resolve problems.
We specialise in appeals to the First Tier Tribunal and applications for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal. Our team can assist you to understand the legal process to challenge a negative benefit decision. We are able to advise you step-by-step on the appeals process and help you to prepare for your tribunal hearing.
Our Welfare Benefits lawyers are also able to provide professional advice and representation if you have been accused of benefit fraud.
We can assist with reviews, appeals and disputes against decisions made by:
- Jobcentre Plus, or
- The Tax Credits Office, or
- The Child Support Agency, or
- Your Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit office.
We have achieved success in helping our clients and in many cases have improved their financial situations. We are proud of achieving results that have a positive effect in improving our clients’ lives.
Our Welfare Benefits Solicitors has attained the Legal Aid Agency's 'Quality Mark' at the Specialist Help level for welfare benefits law. Duncan Lewis is the largest publically funded (legal aid) practice in the country, and has the advantage of having seen thousands of cases which may be similar to your problem.
Frequently asked questions:
Q. I made a claim for benefit but it has been unsuccessful?
A. We can assist you to ask for a review or help you to appeal against the decision.
Q. I have received a letter from my Jobcentre / Housing Benefit office saying they suspect that Ihave committed an offence. I have been asked to attend an interview?
A. If you have been invited to attend a tape recorded interview (known as an Interview Under Caution) we can arrange for you to be represented at the interview, so that your full legal rights are explained. We can also ask for disclosure of the evidence the Benefit Office wishes to use against you. This helps us to advise you and discuss on your options. If you are charged with an offence our criminal team can assist you further.
Q. The Jobcentre asked me to attend a medical Assessment. I have now been told that I am fit to work and my benefits will be stopped.
A. We can assist you to obtain evidence of your medical problems. We can also help to have your ESA and / or Incapacity benefit re-instated while we assist you to appeal.
Q. I have received a letter saying I have been paid too much benefit and I must repay all the money.
A. Overpayment cases are often based on mistakes / or the rules being misunderstood. Even a simple mistake can lead to a large overpayment occurring. We can help you to consider all the evidence and see if any decisions have been made correctly. Our Welfare Benefits team assist to appeal incorrect decisions. We often get the overpayment amount reduced or judged non-repayable if the benefit office has failed to apply the law correctly.